Where to Get Your Culture Fix This September

It’s that time again! We’ve rounded up the top exhibits, films, books, and albums that you need to take note of. Keep on scrolling; your culture calendar awaits.

The Ballroom (McLelland & Stewart) by Anna Hope

This must-read novel brings readers back to turn-of-the-twentieth-century England, where rebelliously-spirited Yorkshire factory worker Ella Fay finds herself committed to an asylum. While she is confidant in her sanity, she realizes she might need to feign madness to escape—but not before an unexpected love blossoms between her and another patient.


The Dressmaker premieres September 23, 2016.

Leading lady Kate Winslet stars in a film adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s popular novel, which tells the tale of an Australian dressmaker’s bittersweet reunion with her family and hometown. If you missed the film when it premiered last year at TIFF, you’ll definitely want to add a trip to your local cinema to your little black book.


Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear is on view at the Victoria and Albert Museum until March 12, 2017.

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From Victorian corsets with delicate detailing to today’s risqué lace lingerie, this exhibition covers the evolution of our undergarments. What you’ll leave pondering? How the relationship between underwear and fashion can reveal changing perceptions of beauty, body image, and gender.

Shadowland runs in Calgary September 22-24, 2016 and in Edmonton September 27-28, 2016.


In this new acrobatics-meets-ballet number choreographed by the Pilobolus Dance Theatre, a young woman finds herself transported into a whimsical world of magic, with a spirit reminiscent of Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland.

idina. is available on iTunes on September 23, 2016. 


Broadway megastar Idina Menzel first rose to fame after starring in Rent, and since then has played leading roles on stage in Wicked and If/Then, and on screen as the voice of Queen Elsa in Disney’s Frozen, and as a guest star on the TV series Glee. Her new studio album—which she refers to as “the most personal, introspective album” she has ever made—can’t disappoint, if the powerful vocals and soaring range she displays on stage are any indication.